[tex-k] cannot call bibtex with absolute path name

Dr. Brian Biswell dr.biswell at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 02:07:26 CEST 2015

I am trying to use bibtex on a document. I have TeXLive 2015 installed on Mac OS X El Capitan.  I am running it from the Terminal. When I call bibtex with either an absolute path name or relative path name with ‘/./‘ in it, I get an error saying it cannot write to the .blg file.

The following examples will work on my machine:

bibtex texfile
bibtex path/to/texfile

the following will not work

bibtex /abs/path/to/texfile
bibtex path/to/./texfile
bibtex ../texfile

I get the same error in TeXLive 2014, but TeXLive 2011 seems to work properly (the absolute and relative paths will work properly).

Dr. Brian Biswell
dr.biswell at gmail.com

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